David Wilson. Picture: National Crime Agency

An online predator, who targeted thousands of children and tricked hundreds of boys into sending him sexual videos and images of themselves, has had three more years added to his jail sentence.

David Wilson, 37, of  Kirstead, King’s Lynn, was sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment in February after he admitted 96 sex offences against 52 boys aged from four to 14 between May 2016 and April 2020.

However last week, the Court of Appeal increased  his sentence to 28 years after Lord Justice Holroyde ruled that Wilson should not have been given a full one third credit for his guilty pleas as no indications were made in the magistrates’ court that he would plead guilty.

At the time, Ipswich Crown Court heard how Wilson had approached more than 5,000 boys worldwide by pretending to be teenage girls – principally on Facebook – and blackmailed some victims into abusing younger siblings or friends and sending him the footage.

He was described by officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA)as one of the most prolific child sexual abusers the agency had ever investigated.

The court heard Wilson terrorised his young victims who felt they had no choice but to do what he demanded. Some were so traumatised they spoke of wanting end their lives.

Wilson was originally sentenced  by Judge Rupert Overbury who said in his 40-year career, Wilson’s offending was among the worst he had seen.

Judge Overbury said Wilson had “a complete and utter disregard” for every child he had manipulated irrespective of their age and that he had also been “sadistic”.

He told Wilson he was an “extremely dangerous individual who has a perverted and sadistic sexual interest in young boys” and described him as a “serial paedophile”.

Tony Cook, NCA head of child sexual abuse operations, said at the time Wilson had devastated not only his victims, but their families too.

“He has caused heart-breaking suffering and huge disruption to the lives of those he targeted from the problems his abuse caused.

“Wilson preyed on their vulnerability. They genuinely believed they were talking to a teenage girl who was interested in them.

“He groomed, bullied and blackmailed young boys into sending him indecent images and in some instances performing horrific abuse on themselves and others. 

“Despite knowing their utter anguish and despair he ignored their pleas for him to stop.

“He retained indecent material and threatened to share it among victims’ friends so he could maintain control of them,” he said. 

“Sadly there are many offenders out there like Wilson who use the internet to hide their real identities, using convincing personas to groom children.

“I urge parents to speak with their children about who they communicate with online and what they share. People need to understand this can happen to anyone.

“Many boys’ parents in this case spoke of their disbelief that their children had become victims.

“It’s vital children know they can turn to a parent or trusted adult for help without blame.”

He also commended the victims and their families for their bravery in helping to put Wilson in jail.